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Mon
20
Aug

Cub Scout recruitment includes invite for girls

On Tuesday Aug. 21, Pack 131 of the Aurora Cub Scouts will be holding a recruitment night at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds 4-H Building.

Wed
15
Aug

Council votes in support of fire-based EMS plan

The Aurora City Council made its position clear Tuesday on the issue of who should handle local ambulance service after the county ends its existing EMS service, which is scheduled to expire Oct. 1.
After hearing emotional testimony from six local citizens during a public comment period, the council unanimously passed a motion endorsing the city’s proposal to offer a fire-based EMS service.
“I feel the right way to move forward is with the fire-based emergency medical service program provided in the Emergency Medical Services Committee report,” Councilman Dick Phillips said. “At this point, I would not support a private ambulance service.”
City Administrator Rick Melcher explained after the meeting that the motion was not an indication of the city’s intent to move forward with its EMS plan, but was instead intended as a position statement to inform the community of the council’s choice among the four proposals.

Wed
15
Aug

County hears 4th EMS proposal

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners welcomed Ryan Hamburger to Monday’s meeting after he asked to present his EMS proposal to the board.
“I’ve kind of been watching from a distance on what’s all going on here in the county and decided that I would put together a proposal to possibly help you guys out,” he said.

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Wed
15
Aug

Bids opened for Manor abatement process

Director of the Aurora Department of Zoning and Planning Scott Stuhr approached the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners Monday to ask to open bids for the environmental abatement of the Hamilton Manor.
The abatement process comes as one of the final steps in the Manor’s life in Hamilton County.
The board authorized Stuhr about opening the bids during Monday’s meeting, so he proceeded to open the three bids received for the asbestos removal at the Highway 34 facility.

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Wed
15
Aug

Sen. Fischer: ‘Our election system is secure’

Sen. Deb. Fischer made a campaign swing through Aurora last week, touting her track record from a first six-year stint in Washington while offering updates on current events impacting constituents here in Nebraska.
“I promised Nebraskans that I was going to go to Washington and develop relationships with Republicans and Democrats,” Fischer said during an Aug. 7 interview with the News-Register.

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Wed
15
Aug

Plainsman Museum specializes in genealogy research

Something the everyday museum goer may not know about the Plainsman is that along with a rich history of the Hamilton County area it also carries an extensive resource for those looking for bits and pieces about their personal history.
Plainsman director Tina Larson is available and eager to help whomever needs it with the study of their family and the tracing of their lineages or history.

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Wed
15
Aug

City awaiting county’s decision on EMS plan

Aurora Mayor Dave Long reported Monday that the city’s study of a fire-based ambulance system is on hold for now, awaiting a final decision from the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.
Long made a presentation on the city’s study Aug. 6, asking county commissioners to pay $301,000 a year for three years, in addition to paying an annual administrative fee as well as donating the three existing ambulances to the city at no cost.

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Wed
15
Aug

Aurora neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out

National Night Out gave several area neighborhoods a good reason to celebrate one last summer barbecue Aug. 7, continuing a tradition that involves more than just enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers.
Steve Hoff and his family have helped put together an event in Lincoln Creek for several years, for example, which drew a large crowd of neighborhood families on a picture perfect evening for a late summer gathering.

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Wed
15
Aug

Hampton village board reviews downtown maintenance program, annual budget

Hampton village leaders talked about ways to continue providing a downtown street maintenance program, discussed the need to curb spending in the coming budget year, reviewed ongoing drainage concerns toward the north end of town and approved the hiring of a new utility superintendent during a busy 90-minute meeting Monday.
Several local business owners attended the monthly village board meeting expressing concern on the issue of downtown street maintenance, which includes snow removal, mowing and trimming.

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Sat
11
Aug

Legislative forum Aug. 27

The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, in cooperation with local chambers of commerce across the state, is preparing for its annual legislative forums.  In total, State Chamber staff will visit 30 communities this fall.
In Aurora, this forum will be held Monday, Aug. 27 at the Bremer Community Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m. Call 402-631-9048 for more information.
This year’s State Chamber presentation will examine key business-related bills in the 2018 session of the Nebraska Legislature, as well as important business-related issues awaiting the Legislature in 2019.  
A significant portion of the forum will be dedicated to Blueprint Nebraska, a recently formed organization that is spearheading a statewide economic development initiative. Blueprint Nebraska seeks to establish a comprehensive, long-term plan to stimulate the state’s economic growth, competitiveness and prosperity, while building on current strengths.

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